'The Carrie Diaries' Star Katie Findlay Talks Maggie, Style Mishaps + More!

Katie Findlay gave us the scoop on '80s style, hilarious stories from the set, and what the future might bring for Maggie.
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BC: What do you hope young women learn from her character?

KF: I think a lot of people can relate to her character. Though cheating is wrong, it happens a lot when you’re young. It’s important to show girls that everyone makes mistakes and gets into trouble; it’s a part of growing up. Maggie can be sexually adventurous and isn’t ashamed of her sexuality, which I love. So many young women are taught to feel dirty and wrong if they express their sexuality.

BC: Do you have any funny on-set moments you’d like to share with us?

KF: For this one scene we were shooting, Ellen Wong [Ed note: Wong plays Jill ‘The Mouse’ Chen in the series] had to run really fast into the diner and deliver a line. She was going so fast –I’m telling you, she was running like 100 miles an hour– and fell right over a diner stool and landed on the other side of the room. We helped her up, but were laughing so hard that we had to cut. It was like something out of Looney Tunes.

BC: Have you ever done anything crazy or out of character in the name of love?

KF: All of the stuff I do that’s crazy, I don’t realize it’s crazy until later. And that’s how I get myself into weird situations. This one guy I was dating was really into anime. I was more of a comic book person myself, but I agreed to go to a convention with him dressed as an anime character. When we got there, all of these people started taking pictures of my costume and were cracking inside jokes about the show. I had absolutely no idea what was going on.

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BC: Have you ever dated a guy you knew was all wrong for you?

KF: Oh god, yes! Who hasn’t? I dated someone who was very controlling, but at the time, I had no idea. Every time something bad happened, I should have been out of there. Instead, I told myself that everything was fine each time until I couldn’t remember what it was like to live my life the way I wanted and laugh at the things I found funny. After we broke up, I was finally able to be myself again.

BC: On a lighter note, we heard you’re staying in Brooklyn. Do you have any favorite spots?

KF: I’m obsessed with Maybelle’s Café, this chill, hippie coffee shop. And it’s only three blocks away from where I’m living!

BC: What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

KF: When I watch too much television, I like to convince myself that I only watch the smart shows, so it’s all okay. I’ve watched the first season of West Wing over and over.

BC: What’s your ultimate dream role?

KF: My dream is to play a superhero or supervillian. Actually, a supervillain would be preferable. I’ve been a huge Catwoman fan since the ‘90s, and she’s pretty badass, so I’d have to go with her.

BC: What’s up next for you?

KF: I’m going to continue to go on auditions, which can be a full-time job in itself. And after we’re done shooting, I’m going to fly home to Vancouver and see my friends and maybe even get my own apartment like a grownup.

Don’t forget to catch The Carrie Diaries on Mondays at 8/7c on The CW!

Diana Denza is BettyConfidential’s contributing editor.

Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. 

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